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Antique Wagner & Zetsche German Hansi Haralit Doll Pair 2
Here is a wonderful pair from the "Bavarian Hiking Club", as I called them, from my collection of antique dolls. They are a pair of Hansi, the boy being approximately eight and one half inches (8 1/2") tall and the girl being approximately eight (8") tall, made in a celluloid material called "Haralit". This material, patented in 1916, was used by Wagner & Zetsche in the manufacture of some of their dolls. "Hansi" is one of four heads known to be manufactured by Wagner & Zetsche in Haralit.
These sweet Hansi have great face color and paint! So many times the paint has been worn off these Haralit dolls. The twill torsos and legs are firmly stuffed and are in very good condition. Original knit socks are still with them. Drawstring drawers are also original. The boy has original leather hederhosen with felt suspenders and a white cotton shirt under his linen jacket. The girl has a white cotton peasant style blouse under her print cotton dirndl. She has her original bloomers. The clothing still has the original old teeny brass hook and eye closures as well as the original mother of pearl buttons. These dolls are so well made and designed with durability and attractiveness, color and vibrancy thought out and applied - they are everything for perfect play and display, and it took me many many decades to find the 6 total that I have ever finally run across after much searching. Their "Haralit" arms are loosely strung. The pinky of the left hand is broken off on the girl. The dolls are marked on the back of the head "Hansi" "W-Z". The hair is a soft brown. Each has the original green felt hat with feather as part of their original ensembles. Wagner and Zetsche was founded by Richard Wagner and Richard Zetsche in January 1, 1875. Of the two men, Zetsche was the artist, designer and sculptor of the dolls and Wagner was the business partner. In 1916. the patent for Haralit material - a cellulose based composition, was acquired by the Wagner & Zetsche firm and dolls were made, as well as their wigs, bodies and clothing at the Wagner & Zetsche factory. Apparently there were several body styles used. There were four dolls in the Haralit series and they were modeled as portraits of Zetsche's grandchildren: Harald, Hansi, Inge and Barbele. They were introduced as the Haralit Art Dolls., and correspond to the Art Doll movement that accompanied the Arts and Craft Movement in Europe and America. From what I've found in sources, See German Doll Encyclopedia by Jurgen and Marianne Cieslik, page 256, plates 133 & 134. Also page 325. Dawn Herlocher's 200 Years of Dolls also notes information regarding the Haralit dolls. Several body variations exist of each doll. Here are details of the HANSI listed: bodies are cloth, clean for dolls of this age legs are jointed at the hips and move well arms are one-piece and are loose in their sockets ; have all fingers, with one chipped = the left hand pinky on the girl. heads are flange-type, allowing to turn -- and all do, no problem dimpled face and hair are hand painted and have wonderful color and very minimal blemishing clothing: leather lederhosen, linen jacket, suspenders, knit socks, white undershirt The Lederhosen Boy has hand made leather pair of shoes, the Dirndl girl has original factory shoes so rare in this size and excellent condition. Haralit Hansi dolls are very uncommon to find. I will have for sale on Ruby Lane my remaining entire "Hiking Club" of Hansi Haralit dolls, each with original clothing. They shall be sold as two pairs of two Hansi and one lone boy Hansi. This listing is for one pair of Haralit Hansi dolls only, as depicted in the photographs. Any others shown are for purposes of display only.
They make a marvelous collection and are wonderful to display - and to play with. I find them very amusing to display cavorting among my books and other items when they are not sitting soberly on their benches like good school children should.
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Patricia Madden, Helotes, TX
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